Trouble came calling at their doorstep. Unstoppable. The most valiant of them and the most desperate of all efforts could not ward it off. So they went to the Enlightened One who sat, enveloped and secure, in his halo of light and looked at them with so much compassion it made them weep. The Enlightened […]

Sepia-toned dreams

She dangled lifelessly, in the light of day, her skirts hanging loose about her feet. Her feet were adorned with silver anklets that had tiny, silver mangoes, in an intricate design, and made a faint sound while she swayed gently from the sturdiest branch of the tree. Giving up on dignity that eluded her in […]

Lustrous resonance

Little cobwebs spin into a bell tower, a lustrous pearl makes up the clapper, I marvel at the intricate work of art, now adorning my ear. I am transformed, powerful in my revolution, for I refuse to let it all happen to me. Not anymore. The ringing in my ears does not stop. Sound. Echoes […]

Shadow puppet play

It was a Friday evening. The lamps were lit in the little altar in the nook of the passage between the kitchen and the bedroom. The divine scent of sandalwood, the incense sticks, permeated the very air of the tiny little ‘quarter’ that Radha and her family called their home. All the houses in the […]


Sarma garu, as he was respectfully called by  everybody in the little hamlet by the sea was a man who took everything in his stride. Nothing mattered too much to him, he was what the present generation would call ‘cool’. If the rickshaw arrived late, he would simply shrug his shoulders and ask Ramulu if […]


Today I shall breathe slowly, deeply and consciously and welcome the air into my lungs. I shall be aware of the ancient life-healing breath pattern. I shall dab on sunscreen and walk in the sun, feeling the warmth seeping into my pores. I shall be conscious of the life-altering energy of light. I shall look up at […]

Tarpa aka Tiger

Eleven years ago, when we moved into our new apartment, we were welcomed by a friendly pup that wagged its tail incessantly. He sat, surveying from a safe distance, the flurry of activity that signified a unique chapter in our lives. Our new home. Our first home. Probably, even thankfully, our only home. The brown […]


Mother, it begins with a throb and I know it is time. I stand among the folds of my flowing garments, deep blue like still waters, edged with glittering froth. The bells I tie to my ankles are your silver anklets. Kohl lines my eyes, my lips are stained red with betel leaves. The beats […]